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Rondell Lee “Ronnie” Butcher

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Rondell Lee “Ronnie” Butcher

Age 86, of Kincheloe Rd. Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully at 2:30 PM on Sunday February 08, 2015 in the comfort of his own home, with loved ones by his side, following a brief illness.

He was born in Lynn Fork, Gilmer County, WV on September 02, 1928 a son of the late Arthur Butcher and Lena M. Smith Butcher.

On September 29, 1949 he married the former Anda Lee Summers and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children: Lena Cumberledge and husband Herb of Jane Lew, Darlene McGill and husband Vaughn of Thompson, OH, Judy Richards of Jane Lew, and Candi Blake of Greenbay ,WI; 9 grandchildren: Shawn, Roger Lee, Randy, Michael, Tim, Duaine, Josh, Crystal, and Janelle; 10 great grandchildren; and one brother, Richard Butcher of Columbia Station, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Rondell Butcher; four brothers: Jude, Jack, Leamen “Ralph”, and Robert Butcher; and two grandchildren: Little Ronnie, and Eddie.

Ronnie retired from the Weston State Hospital with over 16 years of service working in Security. He was a member of the F.O.E, Salem Golf Course.

He was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, ginsenging, and watching wildlife and nature programs.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 10 AM – 12 Noon on Wednesday February 11, 2015.

Funeral services will follow at 12 Noon with Reverend Destry Daniels officiating.

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ronnie Butcher.

Billie Jean Currey Summers

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Billie Jean Currey Summers

Age 77 of Normantown, West Virginia, departed this life on Sunday, February 08, 2015 at the Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville, WV; following an extended illness.

Billie Jean was born, February 23, 1937 in Normantown, WV daughter of the late Ira Nelson and Monnie James Currey of Normantown.

Billie Jean was a graduate of Normantown High School, class of 1955.

She was a lifelong member of Lower Steer Run Baptist Church.

She retired in 1996 from Normantown Elementary School after 30 years of dedicated service. She loved cooking and tending her beautiful flower gardens, and spending time with close friends and family.

On July 07, 1956, Billie Jean was united in marriage to William C. Summers, who survives at their Normantown home. She is also survived by one son, William Mark Summers of Normantown.

Other survivors include, her twin brother, Burl Dean Currey of Grayson, KY; brother, Charles Currey of Columbia ,SC and one sister, Norma Currey Yeardley of Parkersburg, WV; and one brother-in-law, Denver Clendenin, of Kenna, WV.

Along with her parents, Billie Jean was preceded in death by 1 sister, Claire Ruth Clendenin (Denver); sister-in-law, Maxine Currey (Charles); brother-in-law, Jay Yeardley (Norma) and sister-in-law, Ruth Currey (Burl).

Graveside services will be conducted at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at Hunter Road Run, Normantown, WV; at 3:00 PM Wednesday, February 11, 2015, with Pastor Mark Minney officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Gilmer County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, First Baptist Church 217 E. Main Street, PO Box 237, Glenville, WV 26351.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, WV, is assisting the family of Billie Jean Summers with arrangements.

Russell Lee Hall

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Russell Lee Hall

Age 73, of Charleston, WV passed away at his home on Saturday, February 07, 2015.

He was born April 25, 1941, a son of the late Earlie and Ollie Metheney Hall.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Duncan Hall; son Charlie James of Parkersburg, WV; daughter Laura Swindler of Sissonville, WV; sister Evelyn Sears of Chloe, WV; and granddaughter Aliza Swindler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, General Lamb; sisters Noma Metheney and Murlene McCumbers.

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

Pastor Gene Copen will officiate.

Interment will be in Metheney, Nebo.

Visitation will be held from Noon-1:00 PM Wednesday.

Mildred Lucille Burkhammer

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Mildred Lucille Burkhammer

Age 91, of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life early Saturday morning, February 07, 2015 at the Genesis Health Center following an extended illness.

Born June 10, 1923 in Gilmer County, WV daughter of the late Roy and Mary Marks Arbogast.

Lucille was a graduate of Sand Fork High School. She worked for several factories in Ohio and loved music. Lucille taught music lessons in Ohio and from her home in Gilmer County upon her return to the area. She could play several instruments including, guitar, trombone, Sax, French Horn and Piano.

Lucille’s passion was farming. She loved working with the animals and the peace and quiet of country living. She also loved taking care of her cats, Fozzy and Hissy. Mildred will be greatly missed by her caregivers Linda and Gerald.

On October 23, 1941 she was united in marriage to Henry Victor Burkhammer, who preceded her in death on March 03, 1987.

Surviving is one great niece, Linda McHenry and husband Gerald of Linn, WV. Mildred was also survived by several nieces ,nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Along with her husband, Lucille was preceded in death by 7 brothers and sisters, Coy Miller, Crindy Butcher, Autive Miller, Dana Arbogast, Thelma Gum, Wendell Arbogast, Howard Arbogast, and Eddie Arbogast.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the Gilmer County Senior Center, Genesis Health Care, and Hospice Care of Burnsville for their kindness and compassion at the end of Lucille’s life.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 12:00 Noon Wednesday February 11, 2015 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sand Fork Cemetery, Sand Fork, WV.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Wednesday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Mildred Lucille Burkhammer with arrangements.

James H. “Big Junior” Self

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James H. “Big Junior” Self

Age 65 of Fletcher, Oklahoma, departed this life Tuesday, February 03, 2015 in Lawton, Oklahoma .

James was born November 16, 1949 in Gilmer County, West Virginia to Holland and Velda Self.

He served his country in the United States Army from 1968 until being honorably discharged in 1972. He was a roofer, bricklayer, and avid hunter. James was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Sue Lytle Self of the home; 1 granddaughter, Maggie Waddel, of the home; 2 sons: Mike Lydens of Oklahoma City and Eddie Ryan of West Virginia; 3 daughters: Jamie Post of West Virginia, Carolyn Enriquez and Joni Ryan, both of Lawton; 2 brothers: Danny and Dennis Self, both of West Virginia; 2 sisters: Kathleen Thompson and Dolly Waggy, both of West Virginia; 2 special nephews that he thought of as his sons: Charlie Lytle and Chris Alexander; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Holland and Velda Self and 1 sister, Carolyn Self. 

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Dusk Camp Baptist Church, on Turkey Fork at 11:00 AM Tuesday February 10, 2015 with Pastor David Turner officiating.

Burial will follow in the Self Family Cemetery, also on Turkey Fork.

Visitation will be from 5-9 PM Monday February 09, 2015 at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of James “Big Junior” Self with arrangements.

Tonita Kay Dale

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Tonita Kay Dale

Age 74, of Corley Caress Road, Flatwoods, WV passed away on February 05, 2015 at Braxton Health Rehabilitation Center in Sutton.

She was born in Weston, WV on June 24, 1940 and was the daughter of the late Arnold Tonkin and Marbia Tonkin.

Left to honor her memory are daughters, Lisa Stewart (Jeff) of Flatwoods, WV and Michelle Duckworth (Tim) of Cowen, WV; grandson, Adam Flynn (Jill) of Zanesville, OH; great-grandchild, Mason Flynn also of Zanesville, OH. Also surviving are brothers, Vernon Tonkin (Rita) of Burnsville, Don Mark Tonkin (Vicki) of Corley, WV; sister, Linda Kinder (Jim) of Flatwoods.

Tonita was Methodist by faith and attend the Corley United Methodist Church.

Tonita loved animals and was an avid reader. Tonita also loved children, and was active in the grandparent program at Davis Elementary. Most of all, Tonita loved her family and cherished the time spent with them.

A Memorial Service will be held in honor of Tonita Kay Dale at the Corley United Methodist Church at a later date.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be handling the arrangements for Tonita Kay Dale.

Ruth Virginia Whitehair

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Ruth Virginia Whitehair

Age 66, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Sunday, February 08, 2015, at her residence, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ruth was born June 25, 1948 in Tyler County, WV (Wick Community) a daughter of the late Delbert “Alex” and Lovie (Stull) Jewell.

She spent the majority of her life as a loving homemaker for her family and also worked for a short time as a caregiver for home health in Ritchie County. She greatly enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, flowers, and loved crossword puzzles and her video games.

She is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, Clay Whitehair; children, Linda Richards of Weston, WV; Mary George of Pennsboro, WV; Danny Jewell of Pennsboro, WV; Margaret Abner of Ellenboro, WV; Cheryl Ables of Pennsboro, WV; grandchildren, Lisa Wilson of Mineral Wells, WV; Michael McCullough of PA; Raina Richards of Weston, WV; Tiffany McCullough of Charleston, WV; Tracy Abner of Elllenboro, WV; great granddaughter, Hunter Wilson of Mineral Wells, WV, and her siblings, Rosalie Jewell of Pennsboro, WV; Charles Jewell of OH; Leroy Jewell of Pennsboro, WV; John Jewell of Clarksburg, WV; Donald Jewell of Pennsboro, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandchildren, DJ McCullough & Courtney Abner, and her siblings, Martha Ganks, Genevieve Smith, Thelma Cox, Wilma Lee Cox, Alex Jewell, Raymond Jewell, and Roger Jewell.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Rev. Ruford Abner officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mount Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro.

Visitation will be from 11 AM - 1 PM, on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Zorna Robin Scavairello

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Zorna Robin Scavairello

Age 57, of Right Freemans Creek Road, Weston, WV passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on November 29, 1957: daughter of the late Gail Turner and Margaret (Lott) Turner.

Scavairello is survived by one daughter, Carmella Simpson of Weston; and one granddaughter, Amber Burkhammer.

She is also survived by one brother, Harold Turner of Weston; two sisters, Zelda Cutright and Gail Workman, both of Weston; her boyfriend, Rusty Wilfong and several nieces and nephews.

Scavairello was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Weston High School.

At the family’s request, her body will be cremated.

There will be a private graveside service at the Carder Cemetery of Vadis, at a later date.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Zorna Robin Scavairello.

Francis Gene “Dick” Rogers

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Francis Gene “Dick” Rogers

Age 71, was born the second youngest son of Harry Minnich Rogers Sr. and Christine Juanita Morris Rogers in McWhorter, WV on September 09, 1943.

He passed from this life on February 06, 2015 at 5:15 PM, following a valiant six-year battle with lung cancer, surrounded by his loving family in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was married to Karen Bond Rogers on June 20, 1964 and they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past June.

They are the parents of three sons: Jeffrey (Diane) Rogers of Buckhannon, Brian (Linda) Rogers of Jane Lew, and Todd (Brenda) Rogers of Jane Lew. Also surviving are two grandchildren: Zachary and Breann Rogers and four step grandchildren: Aaron Sellers, Tim and Todd Hathaway and Caylie Champ; brother, Harry “Mick” (Barbara) Rogers of Jane Lew; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Harry Kennedy of Mt. Vernon, OH, Becky and Darwin VanHorn of OH, Richard and Susan Bond of Crossville, TN; and many cousins, special friends, and beloved pets, Skipper and Smokey.

Dick graduated from Jane Lew High School in 1961 and worked locally at the Jane Lew Glass Factory and Palace Furniture Co in Clarksburg until enlisting in the U.S. Army. Following his training, he was shipped to Korea during the Vietnam War for 13 months. Upon completing his required duties at Loring Air Force Base in Maine, he returned home with Karen in 1965.

He began working for Lockheed Martin in Clarksburg from where he retired in 1999 after 34 years of service.

He was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church and American Legion Post #0166 of Jane Lew. He enjoyed his retirement by fishing, hunting, mowing the big lawn with his John Deere tractor, and spending time with his family.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4 - 8 PM on Monday, February 09, 2015.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday with Reverend Rick Garavaglia and Reverend Bill Coffindaffer officiating.

Interment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery in Jane Lew.

Full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested to send gifts to The Highland Cancer Center 327 Medical Park Drive Bridgeport, WV 26330 in memory of Francis G. Rogers.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Francis “Dick” Rogers.

Charles Taylor Preast

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Charles Taylor Preast

Age 73, of Berry Fork Road, Heaters, WV passed away at 6:50 PM on Thursday February 05, 2015 at his residence following a battle with cancer.

He was born in Nicholas County, WV on October 13, 1941 a son of the late Charles Emmal Preast and Lennie Ruth Canfield Preast.

On July 13, 1998 he married the former Sally Elizabeth Clark and they celebrated 16 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Tammy Sue Withrow and husband Joe of Colcord; two step children: Tena Shaw of Craigsville, and Robert D. Massie of Gaffey SC; two grandchildren: Tiffany and Tamara Barnette; four step grandchildren: Jennifer, Trever, and Elizabeth DeBoard, and Colt Massie; three great grandchildren: Madison Cogar, Isabella Barnette, and Jayden Byerly; one sister, Sandra Turner and husband Gary of Vienna; and Cassie and Cinnamon Preast, his beloved Boston Terrier and cat.

Charles spent most of his career as a skilled carpenter working in construction. He enjoyed feeding the birds and chipmunks, and spending time with his family and pets.

Charles’ request for cremation has been honored and the family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family at 145 Berry Fork Road, Heaters, WV 26627.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Charles Preast.

Carter Ross Fleming

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Carter Ross Fleming

Age 31, went to be with the Lord on February 04, 2015. Carter was born on June 24, 1983 in Clarksburg, WV to Jerry and JoAnn (Sattler) Fleming, who survive him.

Also left to honor his memory is his wife, Amanda (Radabaugh) Fleming; daughter, Andelina C. Fleming; Sister, Crystal Simpson (Mitch); Brother, Chad Fleming (Joanie) and children; Nephew, Seth T. Conley; Mother and Father in law, Delmas and Phyllis Radabaugh.

Carter is preceded in death by his Grandparents, James “Fat” and Fonda Sattler and Carter and Ileen Fleming.

Carter was a member of the Chapel of Prayer Baptist Church in Exchange, WV.

He was a mechanic for the WV Division of Highways in Burnsville, WV. Carter had many interests, such as collecting junk, working with his father restoring a 1960 Ford pickup, riding his Harley and he loved to be around people. Carter loved spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter, parents and family, never failing to hug them and say I love you. He was always smiling and will be deeply missed by his family.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on Sunday, February 08, 2015 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home at 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods, WV 26621.

A graveside service will be held at the Heaters Cemetery, in Heaters, WV at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 09, 2015 with Pastor Ryan Skidmore officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Chapel of Prayer Baptist Church, Attn: Sharon Gaston, 214 Sunrise Road, Exchange, WV 26619.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Fleming Family.

Patricia Louise (Butcher) Murphy

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Patricia Louise (Butcher) Murphy

of Sutton, WV, went to be with the Lord on February 04, 2015 in the Braxton County Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born in Widen, WV on July 19, 1935 and was the daughter of the late Orlen Butcher and Goldie Harrison.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, James Herald Murphy.

Those left to honor her memory are daughters, Iris Fowler (David) of Sutton, WV, Marilyn Lynn Murphy of Sutton; Son, James (Jimmy) Herald Murphy II of Leland, NC; brother, Boyd Butcher (Carol) of Harrington, DE; grandchildren, Steven Murphy of Charleston, WV, Lisa Riffle of Sutton and Gary Stewart of Sutton; great-grandchildren, Meredith and Joseph Murphy of Charleston, WV, Cody Riffle and Navarah Stewart of Sutton.

Patricia attended the Mount Hebron United Methodist Church.

She loved flowers, talking on the telephone to family and friends, and her favorite television show was The Big Bang Theory. She also spent time crocheting afghans, working crossword puzzles, and going to yard sales. She always found the good in everyone, and will be deeply missed by her family.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday, February 07, 2015 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home at 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, February 08, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Pastor John McQuain officiating.

Interment will follow in the Braxton Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Murphy Family.

Clyde “Jake” Edward Criner

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Clyde “Jake” Edward Criner

Age 80, a resident of Pasandena for 55 years and formerly of Baltimore, MD passed away on January 17, 2015 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

He was born on October 21, 1934 in Frametown, WV to the late Arthur B. and Lorena M. Criner.

Mr Criner retired from BGE in 1992 after 27 years of service. He was very active with the Little League in the 1970’s as an Umpire and Coach, and worked in Boy Scouting. He was also a neighborhood repairman. Mr. Criner also enjoyed deer hunting on the Eastern Shore and West Virginia. He served in the National Guard and transitioned into the US Army in 1957 serving until 1959 when he was honorably discharged.

Mr. Criner is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan A. Criner, his son Glenn E. Criner of Ellijay, GA, his daughters Lori L. Lentowski of Timonium and Jeanette R Hefley of Dallas, TX, and his grandchildren Amber Criner, Amy Lentowski, Sydney Renshaw, Timothy Criner, and Jillian Lentowski.

Friends called on Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Stallings Funeral Home, P.A. where funeral services were held on Thursday at 9 AM, interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery Crownsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Magothy United Methodist Church Door Step Mission, 3703 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, MD 21122.

David Earl Reel

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David Earl Reel

Age 47, of High Street in Weston, WV passed away at his home January 31, 2015, at 8:32 AM.

He was born October 22, 1967 in Weston, WV: son of the late Robert Law Reel and Elizabeth Dye Reel.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Carla Fittro and her daughter, Cheyanne Fittro, and her children, Myles, Hardin and Zeriya Hamill; four sisters, Mary Ann (Steve) Flesher of Avon, Ohio, Sharon (Dale) Helmick of Weston, Carol (Leon) Sprouse of Jane Lew and Roberta Simons and companion, Rodney Gibson, of Jane Lew; three brothers, John Reel and Donald (Shelia) Reel, all of Jane Lew, and James (Andrea) Reel of SC; and his dog, Cheyanne. Several nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews survive.

He was in the U. S. Navy and served aboard the Nemitz Ship. He was a carpenter and handyman by trade.

He was Baptist by faith.

Friends were received Tuesday, February 03, from 6 - 8 PM.

Funeral services was held at the funeral home Wednesday, February 04, at 11 AM with Rev. Bonnie Starkey officiating.

Burial was held in the Broad Run Cemetery.

A Morris Funeral Home Service.

Kendall D. Flesher

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Kendall D. Flesher

Age 91, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Wednesday, February 04, 2015, at Arcadia Nursing Home from Alzheimer’s.

He was born in Cairo, WV, a son of the late Harlin Shrader and Myrl (Flesher) Burrows.

He retired after 43 years from Corning Glass. He graduated from Air Force Academy. He enjoyed gardening and was a member of American Flint Glass Workers Union.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Minnear Flesher; four children, Kendall Flesher, Jr. (Leona) of Dundalk, MD, Carolyn Douglas (Wayne) of Hardyville, KY, Paul “Jerry” Flesher (Sally) of Mims, FL, and Terry Lyons (Mark) of Coolville, Ohio; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Athlene Windom of Wallbridge, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ailene (Lipford) Flesher.

Services will be 1 PM, Monday, February 09, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-5 PM, Sunday, February 08, at the funeral home.

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